Pakistan rejects remarks of Indian defense minister on FATF proceedings

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday urged the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to take notice of India’s continuing malicious campaign against Pakistan and the attempts to politicize the FATF proceedings.

In a statement issued by the Foreign Office, Pakistan rejected the recent comments by the Indian defence minister claiming that FATF could anytime blacklist Pakistan.

“The statement reinforces Pakistan’s concerns, repeatedly highlighted to the FATF membership, about India’s attempts to politicize the FATF proceedings to further its narrow, partisan objectives,” the FO said.

The FO added that India’s incessant smear campaign against Pakistan and blatant partisanship also called into question its credentials to be co-chair of the Asia-Pacific Joint Group that reviewed Pakistan’s progress to implement the FATF Action Plan.

“Our concerns in this regard have been previously brought to the attention of FATF members,” the statement said, adding “It is important for FATF to ensure that the process remains fair and unbiased”.

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